As you may or may not be aware, when I was in Ladakh, India, working on developing hockey in the region and writing about my experiences, my laptop completely crapped out on me. I was able to get by in internet cafes, with spotty internet connections and virus-filled computers. Then my camera broke…5 days before I coached India in their first international tournament at the 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
This made taking pictures difficult, but I pushed forward, collecting cameras and SD cards from the players and manager of the team, and put them onto my hard drive. Well, that drive crashed with no explanation. Every time I tried to access the drive, on any operating system, the computer would freeze, the drive would have a mini-seizure, and I would mumble under my breath that I will not let faulty technology prevent me from getting these pictures off of a little piece of magnetic film stuck under a bunch of circuits and transistors and whatnot.
I am VERY PLEASED to announce that I have cracked into the drive, accessed about 75% of the pictures, and uploaded them to my Flickr account. Adam: 1, Technology: 9, down from 10. Maybe I deserve another point for replacing my laptop. 2 it is.
Sorry for the big letters, but this is a big moment for me. This was perseverence at its finest. It validates the notion that we can overcome big obstacles with enough patience, knowledge, hard-work, and effort. In every way, this is directly relevant in ice hockey, where these traits can not only translate into success on the ice, but success in our personal, interpersonal, and professional lives.
Head Held High,